3:33 pm Apr. 17, 2012
An an education panel discussion this morning, three Democratic mayoral candidates said they would like to renew mayoral control of New York City public schools, but wanted to see it amended in order to guarantee more input from teachers and parents.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg responded this afternoon by telling reporters it was akin to saying, "I'm pro-choice but not for women."
Here's a one-minute clip of the three candidates, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, then former comptroller Bill Thompson and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, talking about it.
Stringer warned against "going back" to the Board of Education days, which he noted had "patronage" and no one in charge. Stringer said the "ultimate goal" was for each student to get a college degree.
Thompson, who led the Board of Education in the late in the pre-Bloomberg era, said "I still support mayoral control but it more about who the mayor is" and "understanding parents have to be involved, communities have to be involved in it." He called the Bloomberg use of mayoral control the "worst-case scenario."
De Blasio, a former school board member, said he expected "mayoral control to look very different than it has." Community Education Councils, the Bloomberg-created version of school boards, should have a "much more profound role" in deciding school opening, closings and co-locations, de Blasio said.